Most of what we know about how the world works comes from the stories we are told. For a few generations now, most of the stories have been created by the corporate elite and told though the corporate-owned mass media--especially television. Researcher Dr. GEORGE GERBNER discusses how American TV distorts our understanding of how the world works.
The more you watch TV, the more afraid of your environment you're likely to be. The more you watch, the more you are likely to believe that women are not as capable as men, that racism does not exist, that most Americans are middle-class, that most Black Americans are middle-class, that poverty is not a social problem, and that the cure for crime is more police, more jails, longer sentences, and more capital punishment.
Gerbner's words come from a 1997 educational video, "The Electronic Storyteller." His career as a communications scholar included 15 years as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School. He died in 2005.
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